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Coping with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) 

Hypnotherapy in Berkshire & Reading 


Hypnotherapy has been shown to help people with IBS reduce their symptoms of pain and discomfort. Hypnosis is used to change your unconscious mind's attitude towards your symptoms. You can have hypnotherapy as an outpatient in some NHS hospital pain clinics, or you can learn self-hypnosis techniques to do at home. 


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, relapsing and often lifelong disorder, characterised by the presence of abdominal pain, a change in bowel habit and a severe disturbance of quality of life IBS is a commonly reported gastrointestinal problem, estimated to have between 10% and 20% prevalence. 


"An NHS-funded primary care service for IBS hypnotherapy in England (as identified by a telephone audit of 151 Primary Care Trusts (PCT) in England in February 2011). The service was delivered by a full-time nurse hypnotherapist, commissioned and funded by a PCT. In 18 months, 119 patients have been seen. Validated scoring tools showed improvement in quality of life and symptom severity scores, with improvement in all domains following therapy. This case study illustrates both the clinical effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS". 



For patients with refractory IBS (12 months of unsuccessful pharmacological treatments, with continuing symptoms) consider cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, psychological therapy. 


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